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by the magnitude until this disaster are closely following the events in japan and the repercussions in this country and in many other countries. before we begin, i would like to offer my sincere condolences to all of those who have been affected by the earthquake and the tsunami in japan. our hearts go out to all lead in dealing with the aftermath of these natural disasters. we are mindful of a long and difficult road they will face in recovering. we know the people of japan are resilience and strong and we have every confidence that they will come through this difficult time and move forward with resolved to rebuild their vibrant country. i believe i speak for all americans when i say that we stand together with the people of japan at this most difficult and challenging time. the nrc is a relatively small agency. we play a critical role in protecting american people and the environment when it comes to the use of nuclear materials. we have our inspectors to work full time as every nuclear plant in the country and we are proud to have world top scientists, engineers, and professiona
. that is a completely separate matter. >> another question from the back. the lady. >> i am a historian of japan. i had a political question. criticism of the democratic party of japan for its handling, but there seem to be long term implications of the government. comparison being made with the earlier party. do they think the ldp would have done a better job? it seems to me that would pay half -- it would have to think that the other two would be better. >> the jury is not out on that question. >> still out. >> still loud, i am sorry. [laughter] i think they have a tremendous opportunity to prove that they are capable of being a ruling party that is as good or better than the ldp. if they fail to meet that challenge, then the sentiment will grow that maybe the ldp is the only one we can rely on, whatever their faults. >> i asked partly because i have a friend who is a supporter of the jdp and i think she's come panic richer -- comparing their reaction with the earlier party. i think she feels that they are at least trying to do better than the ldp and terms of getting the affirmation out. would you a
to be heartbroken by the images of devastation in japan. i know all of you young and old have been watching people magnitude of this tragedy unfold. i want to reiterate america's support for the people of japan. who are some of our closest friends and allies. i have said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime ministerkahn, the united states will offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. i just had a chance to talk with some of your teachers as well as some students who told me about your all school project weaving the life and music of duke ellington into your glasses. by getting students engaged in learning, you are teaching the kind of skills about how to think and work together that young people will need in college and beyond. that is what all of our schools need to be doing. in an economy that is more competitive and connected than ever before, a good job and a good career is going to demand a good education. over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs are going to require more tha
and the catastrophe in japan. having said that, i would like to know -- japan is considered like our anchor partner in terms of our security defenses in the pacific. what impact is the tsunami and the earthquake having on whatever strategic locations we have in japan? mr. secretary, you could answer that. >> certainly. i mean, to begin with, i would say that it would be speculative at best at this point to comment on any of the longer term implications of the earthquake and the tsunami. but i would note that certainly, i think, the assistance that we've been able to offer on the engagement of the u.s. military and the u.s. government across-the-board in response to this crisis has helped to strengthen the bonds that we have between our -- between our two countries and help make a case, i think, for the logic of why we have a forward-deployed presence in the asian pacific region including the basin footprint that we have in japan. >> i understand that part, mr. secretary. i guess my question is more in line of what role does japan play, if any, in our readiness posture in the pacific? and how is it
work. in light of the ongoing events in japan, a want to take a minute to talk about nuclear power. right now, america gets one- fifth of our electricity from nuclear energy. it is important to recognize that nuclear energy does not emit carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. those of us who are concerned about climate change, we have to recognize that nuclear power if it is safe can make a significant contribution to the climate change question. i am determined to ensure that it is safe. in light of what is happening, i have requested a comprehensive safety review by the nuclear regulatory commission to make sure that all of our nuclear energy facilities are safe. we will incorporate those conclusions and lessons from japan in design and the building of the next generation of plants. but we simply cannot take it off the table. my administration is leading global discussions toward a new international framework in which all countries who are operating nuclear plants are making sure they are notbut more broadly, an energy standard can expand the scope of clean energy investments because
about japan. they are our second largest creditor after china. the you think there is any risk that in order to respond to the disaster and support their economy in the aftermath, that the japanese will have to resort to selling some of their treasury holdings to raise cash? do you see this having any impact on treasury prices in u.s. interest rates? >> i do not. i should say, senator, that we should all extend our thoughts and concerns to japan. it is an extraordinary challenge for them. it is a very hot -- it has a very high savings rate and it has the ability to deal not just with the humanitarian but the construction challenges they have to face ahead. >> center moran. -- senator moran. >> short of overall gse reform, what steps could we take today, short of that two-year period that secretary geithner manchin, that would encourage capital formation, the return of the private sector into the housing market? >> we highlighted the fact that there were things we could do to gradually phase out the government's role. we have to get these rules into place for banks and investors
at the back drop of what's happened in japan and again, you know, i can't even imagine what my counterparts are doing, how they're standing up to this. this is what we are in the business for. it's the most challenging thing you can deal with. not only the losses, but our counterparts knowing what they're going through now and the challenges they're facing and trying to step back from that and go what if it happened here and what would we do? from that approach, will be the thrust of my comments. the thrust of my comments. we have been supporting, as you know, the lead for international response, international development, in support role to the teams that have gone to japan top assist in search and rescue. the urban search and rescue teams, again, authorized as part of fema. 28 team, two of which are dual supported by both us and uscid, designated the international response teams, that have been to haiti, most recently christchurch and now into japan. we stand by the uscid but japan is an industrialized city. the events that remind us disasters, you point out, don't always give warning or
that is furloughed for 21 days, if you live in japan or you live on the pacific coast or there are some tornadoes in the midwest, tough luck. we had to furlough those employees who would have warned you to evacuate the low-lying areas in the oregon-california coast and in hawaii but, no, they have targeted massive cuts at the noaa budget. $450 million. it's estimated that noaa would have, because of the time of year, 21 days of furloughs for all its employees. $110 million in cuts to the national weather service. a big cut to state disaster preparedness plans. so right now our emergency operation centers in oregon, in california, in hawaii are in full swing, and the reason that they are able to be in touch with people in scattered coastal communities, in relatively difficult areas is because of the federal assistance that we've given to them to set up these centers. and under the republicans' budget, we would cut $206 million from state emergency operation centers. now, where are the states going to get the money in this bad climate? i guess those places won't be tended to either. we won't know t
and tsunami story. the associated press has just announced and msnbc has tweeted that japan is issuing an evacuation order to thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant. certainly, we will keep an eye on this. we will keep an eye on breaking news. this is a big day for people who are following what is going on in the world. jobs. i pulled the baltimore sun because it is typical of what is going on a run the country. home sales rising. we look at your own on and on the rate in kansas and kansas city and the city itself. what is happening with jobs in your district? against coke the job numbers that you are refering to -- guest: the job numbers that you are referring to -- the economy is probably stronger -- keep tax rates low and below regulatory environment in kansas. we try to foster innovation through small businesses. we try to be very welcome to capital and growth. one of the things we are focused on in the kansas city is bioscience. host: arthur government subsidies supporting that? ? there are research dollars the come to our university. as i said, we are making these redu
they had done something or spent money going to japan? >> >> no, and i can honestly say to you -- this is "candide," but i don't know of a single time in my entire career when i could not cover the story wanted or a broadcaster was on could not cover the story they wanted because of money. i have never heard that. they have never said we cannot afford to cover that story. >> do you remember 30 years ago that you could do these kind of things without anybody questioning it because the budget was so much larger and there were fewer people watching after you with money? there are many more people today want to have you on monday. you seem to be in the middle of the storm without affecting you. if >> i am not insulated. i believe if we go to the management and we say we need to cover this story, we get to cover that story. i think that there are decisions probably made that don't always come to me, but they don't bring them to mate. if we feel that this is central to what we do, we can say let's do it. look at the way we covered the middle east. truly, with a number of people deplo
in libya. later, a discussion on japan's failing nuclear power plant. live coverage at 10:00 eastern. >> throughout the month of april we will feature the top winners competition. canm what to the winning videos every morning on c-span at 6:50 a.m. eastern. during the program, meet the students who created them. stream all of the winning videos online anytime at studentcam.org. >> if president obama lays out his goals for libya. nato has agreed to take over military operations in libya this week. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> tonight, i would like to update the american people on the international effort that we have lead in libya. what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us. i want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform, who once again have acted with courage, professionalism, and patriotism. they have moved with incredible speed and strength. because of them, and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our a
should learn them. >> our hearts go out to the people of japan as we watch things unfold and the warnings today by heightened radiation in tokyo's water supply. it is not just earthquakes and tsunamis that strengthen the nuclear reactors. does the prime minister agree that what happened in fukushima will have consequences for the power stations proposed in the u.k.? >> i am sure the house will join the hon. lady in sending our condolences to people in japan but also our admiration for their incredible bravery and resilience in dealing with this crisis. we must learn any lessons that need to be learned about nuclear power which is why the head of the safety inspector is looking at this issue. as i said before the power stations we have in britain are different types to those in japan. we are not planning to build any like those. we are not in an earthquake zone or a zone subject to tsunamis but you always have to test against all eventuality and further testing we can do in terms of nuclear power in terms of japan, i do think they are doing a good job dealing with this problem. in terms of
is and the melting nuclear melting in japan shows how perilous our dependence on nuclear power is and they underscore our failure to have a broad based energy portfolio and our failure to have a rational look at our energy usage. mr. russo, - to set prices are determined by supply and demand globally, and several of you have said that sort of thing. let me ask i guess the first mr. newell, what is the scale and let's put it in perspective here of possible short term energy production. i mean, suppose there were a lot more leases for offshore drilling released in the last couple of years to hear the curious oppose or even a in the drilling on private land. what is the scale of the increase in production we might achieve compared to what opec can do by turning defaults up and down in the short term? >> welcome there is a considerable lag in the increased access resources and an expiration and the element and the ultimate protection of the resources so there's an important issue would return to the time scale which i think you mentioned in the short run to respond to the immediate impact send crude oil
in japan which you discuss this issue during the european council meeting with stress tests being mentioned? what kind, and what kind of fallout might that have for those power plants that they all the stress test? >> we talked about this because the matter of responsibility. what happened in japan is of interest to the entire world. and it has now -- nothing to do with what happened at chernobyl. it was the highest ever earthquake known by japan and a nuclear power plant resisted the earthquake. the safety mechanisms resisted what the problem lies. but they were drowned by a torrential way which put a hole into the cooling systems. the problem in japan had to do with tsunamis. this problem will not apply to landlocked countries. countries that have had never had to deal with a tsunami. having said that, we decided to suspect -- subject all of our power plants to a safety test. live also agreed -- we have also agreed that the energy mix is something that comes under the sovereignty of member states. some have opted for nuclear energy, some of the. those who have opted for nuclear energy, th
is criticized on qe-2 and dog so the comparisens made to japan. and i would like to note your thoughts about the correlation between what occurred in the japanese economy and its central bank's response and yours and our economy and then you indicated earlier that long term our deficits aren't sustainable and you had some conversation with my colleagues here on the committee about not extending the debt ceiling, for example. what are the precipitating factors that you are concerned about? i know every central banker has got to portray confidence and what are the things that are out there that may make this, when you say long term not sustainable, long term becomes significantly shorter term? what are the things in the world economy that may -- that we ought to keep our eye on that may change the time frame in which we have to operate? >> first, let me say on your bank issue that we do have an ombudsman. i would encourage any bank with concerns about federal federal reserve examiners to get in touch with us. we will try to follow through on that. >> thank you. >> on japan, the japanese did a
and we ought to be busying ourselves dealing with that. japan has this enormous crisis that we jubs saw, and i heard one of the most sensible japanese women, i don't think she's anybody's expert. she was asked what will you do to recover? and she said, we will recover because we are a community, and we will pay the taxes necessary to recover. meaning rich and poor alike, and until this nation is prepared to do that, then we'll go around and around and spiral down. yes. >> the only thing i had add to that, what worries me the most in this are programs like wic, women and infant care. we know that a poor woman who gets nutrition has a healthier baby. we spend $26 billion each year for premature babies that the hospitals have to take care of, which affects medicare, medicaid, every single program, and yet we're going to cut out a significant amount of money out of women and infant care. i mean, it's the social safety net, the vouchers for housing and those kind of programs, headstart, pell grants for these young people when they go to college are being reduced. we can do this in a more tho
very, very closely at the events in japan. >> the energy secretary and nuclear commissioner chairman were on capitol hill testifying on the energy departments fiscal year 2012 budget and nuclear power safety issues following the earthquake and tsunami in japan. watch the complete hearing now online at the c-span video library. search, watch, clip and share. it's washington your way. >> "washington journal" is next. we'll take a look at the news and take your calls. today at noon eastern, a discussion on white house transparency. we'll hear from watch dog groups and members of the obama administration. president obama will travel to brazil today later in the weekend. secretary of state clinton will preview the trip this afternoon and talk about u.s. relations with south and central america. that's live from the center for strategic and international studies at 2:00 p.m. eastern. coming up in 45 minutes, we will talk with patrick butler of the association for public television stations about yesterday's house vote to
is the highest with about 38%. i think only japan is higher. it is all put this on an impact. will you comment on that? >> you are correct. our tax rate look soon to be the highest. ia good tax code would have a broad base. this speciallot deductions and extensions. by getting a broad base coming you can lower the rate. that provides greater incentives for firms to locate. do you tax based only on profits earned in the united states are blow for profit? but at what rate to you think we should aim for that would put this in the best position in terms of competition on the global stage? >> i did not have a single number in mind. there are is the number of deductions. we will certainly get it down if we can. >> part of the charges to keep prices stable. on the one hand, we have to pay down the debt. to what is this a faulted the economy? it is still volatile or week. athere is a $1 billion cut we passed around. why is the discrepancy in the figure of around 6005000 to 700? that is a huge difference. who do you believe here? we have a number of questions. we are trying to understand the reasons. >
what happened in japan and we need to learn and see what the things are that are similar to the way we do things in the united states and what is not similar. 20% of the electricity in the united states comes from nuclear. it's going to be that way for a long time and are many people including me that thinks its -- think it behooves us to increase that. this deal can be used for other purposes rather than just generating electricity. this is not as simple as the bp oil spill was very clear for those of us close by that they cut corners. when they were shutting in the well, they did not follow the normal standards or protocols. we drilled 31,000 oil wells in the gulf of mexico in the last 50 years and nothing vaguely similar to this had ever happened before. the reason is because they did not do what everybody knows you are supposed to do. we do not know what happened in japan. we do not know enough about the systems and what has worked and what has failed, but we need to study and learn and make sure we continue to have safe, reliable, clean nuclear energy in the united states. let me
where there is much change as seen in japan, it is the character of the country that inspires. our original start, our struggle in hope, and there is no such thing as a lone a struggle. as a lone hope. the chilean people have shown this time and again. that was seen in the terrible earthquake over a year ago. sacrifices and perseverance build this nation to where it is. we are honored to be joined by four leaders that have guided us. , in your current president. thanks for your presence and her being here. [applause] i cannot imagine a more fitting a ofe to discuss the erro partnership across this area and the americas. within my first 100 days of office, one of my first foreign trips was through trinidad and tobago to meet with leaders across the hemisphere. i pledged to seek partnerships of the quality and sheer irresponsibility. i want mutual respect on shared values. i pledged a new spirit of partnership with our latin american neighbors. words are easy. there have been times when the united states took this for granted. even now, our headlines are dominated by events in other
or our competitors -- china, japan, and the tyrants in the middle east. the is no end in sight, and the president's own budget, he has got to in years of deficit. he will add more to the national debt in his four years than all presidts or him combine. what is washington doing? thank god for the tea party. i noticed -- [applause] thank god for paul ryan and the republican party and steve king and others. washington is not about leadership. washington is not about the people. washington is about money and reelection. had he figured it out? -- have you figured it out? i will tell you a story, the nation is hurting, and washington, d.c., is a boom town. how does that grab you? i tell you what they are addicted to. special interest money, all i want is access money, wall street money, to be to fail money. union money, the pac money, pac money back money, corporate money, a pharmaceutical money, all subsidy money, ethanol bsidy money, insurance money, tort reform money. the system is institutionally corrupt. where are the people? they're left that. i go to washington once every two
in japan. members will hear from the head of the nuclear regulatory commission. that is on c-span 3 at 10:00 a.m. eastern. also on cspan 3 tonight at 8:45 eastern, we will be live from the annual congressional correspondents dinner. speakers are scheduled to include senator rand paul of kentucky and representatives anthony wiener of the york, ben quayle of arizona, and frederick wittman of louisiana. in a few moments, today's headlines and your phone calls live on "washington journal." members of the house will be back in session at 10:00 a.m. eastern for general speeches for a legislative work continues at noon with a bill that would reduce government regulation of pesticides. in about 45 minutes, we will talk about energy policy with democratic rep jean green
major contributors. japan for example, provides the salaries for afghan police. there is another fund to which nato-isaf countries contribute, but again it is the afghan secret forces fund that is without question. >> does that 20-24% cut which i believe is in the c.r. and h.r.-1, how does that affect its? >> when that hits, and again, we project that that would hit perhaps sometime in june, that would have an enormous affect, a negative effect on our effort, needless to say. and it would undermine, it would undercut our efforts to develop the enablers. because again, we've always had a progression that first you develop the guys that can help you in the fight, actually out there against the insurgents. and gradually build institutions, the ministries, the branch schools, leader developer courses. by the way, literacy programs have featured very probably now. we finally bit the program -- bit the bullet. with basic training we also do basic literacy now and we're way over 100,000 that have been either train or in the process. >> can you provide a timeline then? getting the independenc
in japan when the massive earthquake hit, there were three operating units at that site. there were three march at the site next door. -- three more at the site next door. the plan was to shut down. they lost power. the generators started as designed. it was operating by design to safely shut down. >> it was being cooled down? >> the riyadh -- the reactors -- the shutdown process had begun. we still do not fully understand everything that happens. for the seismically qualified, they had a function to it. i am not debating it. i hope they give you some assurance. >> even though you do not know for sure, you are saying it is the tsunami that is the problem and not the earthquake? >> it appears. >> i appreciate that. >> here is the thing that concerns me. the california tsunami could come with no warning. i am talking about the fact that we have no plans that are within 50 miles of earthquake faults and could have tsunami action. i want to read you what this man says. i do not know him. he is a california state geologist. mother nature is notorious for not obeying the rules that we make. the
to make an argument. >> a good point. recently come back from a trip to japan. and we are now here in washington talking as we tape this, but you were there to cover another extraordinary story overseas and you have done a lot of that. what i am trying to understand is, in a way, why did you make that trip? if you answer me, because it was a great story, it is not enough. why do you make the trip? you have seven responsibilities they cut into a decision, because it costs a lot to send you and a lot of people overseas. why did you make the trip to japan? >> i wish i could say it was a science. it's not. a lot of this is i feel impelled to go. it is not just that i covered the tsunami in indonesia and southeast asia, but i felt that that was a story that i had to experience tangibly and to see. and as we said, this incredible constellation of disasters. and i felt at the time, at that moment, too, that there was a reason for the entire broadcast to be there. part of being an anchor is a decision about where are you best there anchoring. isn't it don hewitt and coined the term anchor
to the people of japan, as they work to recover from one of the worst natural disasters in their history. for many years now, japan has been a stall wart partner in afghanistan, an important contributor to the mission there. now our thoughts and our prayers are with our long-time allies and with all those in japan effected by the earthquake and tsunami. >> i can say i believe every person on the committee and every american as well. thank you for doing that. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> as a bottom line up front, it is isaf's assessment that the momentum achieved by the taliban since 2005 has been arrested inch of the country and reversed in a number of important areas. however, while the security progress achieved over the past year is significant, it is also tragedy i will and reversible. moreover, it is clear that much difficult work lies ahead with our afghan partners to solidify and expand our gains in the face of the expected taliban spring offensive. nonetheless, the hard fought achievements in 2010 and early 2011 have enabled the joint afghan nato transition board to recommend
to tell you about this morning. friends of the earth comparing japan's nuclear situation, the nuclear power plant in russia. that's at 9:30 eastern. after that we'll be live on c-span 3 when the national association of community health centers hears from the head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services. and mary wakefield, the administrator of the health resources and service administration, the primary agency for addressing health care for the uninsured. a few moments, your calls and today's headlines live on "washington journal." tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern we'll have live coverage at the canadian news program "the national." national." it will cover today's
states and many countries in europe and japan have. so the way the financial system is operating is very different from what we imagined that. a third is that we have had a very interesting set of experiences with state enterprises, state-supported enterprises. for a while after world war ii states played a major role in economic systems in most parts of the world. then we went through this massive period of privatization where the role of the state diminished. now we see the role of the state rising again. another -- again, another 21st century kind of problem. you have state-owned enterprises not just china although obviously they're major in china. you see many of them in the oil industry. you see many of them in various areas of high techology and the difference is not just that that the state play as greater role in those countries and you see them in egypt where you had state enterprises that were either owned by the state or the people who owned the companies were very friendly with the mubarak family or were supported by the military. this is true in many parts of the world as we
to ensure them -- insure them. they think it is risky. look at what is going on in japan right now for some of the questions. i think we would get a lot further a lot faster by moving away from our hopeless addiction to petroleum, that we deal with alternative energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, of which are american sources where there are a lot of jobs to be created. and it is not going to be something that puts us at risk. we will continue to develop our petroleum, but the notion that we train it dry and charge royalties that are lower than almost anyone else in the world, and most of the states are giving this oil away -- i think we need every set on that. the petroleum that will be precious. be off to conserve it. we ought to deal with conservative -- alternatives and be more effective with the infrastructure which means we're not so heavily depended. it is insane to burn a gallon of gas to buy a gallon of milk. >> ladies and gentlemen, please join me in thanking the congressmen. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national ca
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are mexico, canada, japan, malaysia and korea. and as you can see from this chart, the number of their imports has pretty much remained consistent. now, in 2007 it, there were a number of high, high-visible recalls, high-profile products. one, the lead paint in children's toys made national news. powerful magnets that were falling out of toys that proposed -- posed that serious health risk to children, and dangerous cribs that kill children became headlines. and congress responded by passing the consumer products safety improvement act of 2008. we call it the cpsia. now, what are the major provisions of the cpsea? -- cpsia? first of all, they set new stringent levels on lead in paint, it's now 90 parts per million in consumer products and children's products, and the lead content in the substrait of children's products. it will drop to 100 parts per million in august if it's technologically feasible. it's established a permanent ban of phthalates found in plastics, and it banned three permanently and put an interim ban on three others until the advisory panel that we put toget
't -- there was no return to growth until the end of that decade. one thinks of japan where there was no return of growth until this decade. how can you possibly attribute to this government a situation who regards growth as you do. >> i'm very grateful to the honorable gentleman's point and we have argued consistently and so has the international community that we had a financial crisis from 2008 and 2009. and out of that financial crisis, without making references to tsunamis, earthquakes, there are many after-shocks and it takes much time to actually get over that. so i certainly agree with that point. but it was not us who said that we were going to raise growth in last year. it was the conservative government and the honorable member made an excellent point when he pointed out quite rightly that under a labour government, we had 40% growth of debt in relation to gross domestic products. my recollection it was 37-something percent. it was the financial crisis that pushed it up to where it was. >> i'm very grateful to my honorable friend for giving way. would he also say after all the measures we've h
and japan. these were total wars on the conditions of total defeat. in the age of post em -- imperial empires, they do not bow down. the most extraordinary and bizarre statement ever made in contemporary was rumsfeld shock and awe. we had shock people and from that they will bow down and consent. what makes the new arab revolutions difference -- different is these were from below. with the international or national conditions. here you had the extraordinary pressure on local economies and arab economies, rising commodity prices, rising food prices, which impacted directly on the dire and stance of living. at the same time, you have a hugely young population wired together more than before with rising expectations. an educational system that works and turned out educated people and educated people driving buses. nothing wrong with driving buses, but finding the roles and occupations lower than the expectations that they have. this produces the blow. that seems to be historicically creates greater conditions for the democracy than anything that the britain or america were trying to do i
comparing japan but the nuclear situation with what happened at the nuclear power plant at chernobyl. that is on c-span2. at 9:45, will be live on c-span3 with the national association of community health centers. >> in a numbers guy. >> as an op-ed column -- as an op-ed columnist, he uses charts and graphs. >> i do not decide i am going to talk about a subject and not had the data. i really do search for the data to find something interesting and see if it agrees with an opinion i have. >> q and a, sunday night at 8:00 on c-span. >> now, a forum on economic development and does it -- and budget pressures facing cities. the local initiatives support organization listed the event. this is a little less than an hour and a half. >> you got quiet over food. i was slow to that one. thank you you all. where do i start with our next moderator? how about welcome home. [applause] for those of you who are new to community development, our next moderator took an emerging nonprofit organization and oversaw its exponential growth that raised and invested more than $3 million in private capital in
, to own the 21st century economically. our gdp is bigger than that of china, japan, and germany combined. in the united states, the median income is close to $50,000. in china, it is $4,500. we wish them better. but to put this in perspective, it is an important know where we are come up the platform from which we now operate, and why if we do the right things we have an overwhelming prospect of not only recovery here in the united states, but leading the world in the 21st century. the man i'm about to introduce to you shares your view. americans have never settled for number two. literally. this is not hyperbole. it is not one of these chauvinistic things. we want other nations to do well and we will do better if they do well. but we are not prepared, nor are you, to settle for being number two in anything. that is why we have laid out of -- the president has laid out in his state of the union speech the need for us to innovate. we have the most innovative economy in the world. if we have the freest of free- enterprise systems. we want to one least the free enterprise system. we also kn
force trust fund and there are other mechanisms, as well. japan, as an example funds the salaries of the national police, a very significant contribution. so continuing that and increasing that is hugely important. the very high levels of afghan national security force funding right now are, of course, necessary because we're building them. and it requires the infrastructure equipment, in some cases various contract trainers and other contract assistance. these are the big cost drivers, actually, not salaries per se. so once the infrastructure is built and then it is in the sustainment mode rather than the construction mode, costs will come down. obviously as equipment has procured. the element of that cost will come down. as afghan trainers take over for contract trains, that cost will come down. it will still be considerable. and secretary gates talked about that. and certainly over time, afghanistan itself as it is able, again, to exploit its extraordinary mineral blessings, the trillions with an "s" on the end of it of dollars. as they are able to extract and get those to mark
, is just to give my heartfelt condolences to the people of japan, mr. president. we have prached all weekend my husband and my family and i in horror watching the scene unfold with the terrible catastrophe that struck japan on friday afternoon, followed the creak 9.0 now on the richter scale, followed by a terrible tsunami, a wave of water in some places 30-feet high that devastated coastal communities. some of the pictures are reminiscent of what happened to us on the gulf coast about five and a half years ago with a 30-foot wave coming on shore right into gulfport and biloxi, mississippi, and then a catastrophe of man made proportions, in our case when the federal levy -- levee system broke and 1,800 people lost their lives. but this situation in japan as we now know is the worst crisis, according to their prime minister, since the second world war. it's going to take all of our best efforts, governments around the world, individuals, corporations and businesses to be generous. i know and i hope the people of louisiana and our skis and communities will be generous because we were s
hazards. could an earthquake of the magnitude of the one in japan have been in the united states? guest: i appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. we have two zones of the united states that do have the potential to generate similar kinds of earthquakes. part of the pacific plate is diving down beneath north america. one part is off of alaska. in 1964, we have a magnitude 9 earthquake. it caused a significant local tsunami. the other is a small micro-plate linked to the pacific off the pacific northwest. we call this area cascadia. it runs from british columbia to california. a magnitude 9 earthquake is definitely possible there. host: we have a chart of the united states. it has the hazard zones. we always think about the west coast of the united states, hawaii, and alaska as places more prone to it. but there are hot spots here. one is an area around missouri and another is around charleston. talk about those. guest: one thing we emphasize is that earthquakes are a national housing. they are concentrated in the west, but some of the most significant hazards can be found in the cent
to the safety of nuclear power plants in light of the situation in japan. members will hear from the head of the nuclear regulatory commission at 10:00 a.m. eastern. tonight on c-span3, live from the annual congressional correspondents dinner. speakers are scheduled to includes senator rand paul, anthony wiener, and others. to in more than 40 so-called disease clusters have occurred in 13 states since 1976. according to oral report by the national resources defense council. on tuesday, the senate environment committee looked at the potential environmental issues related to disease clusters. >> i like to begin by thanking our witnesses for coming to testify today. in particular, i would like to welcome trevor schaffer, a brave young man who has overcome so much in his life already by beating cancer when he was just a child. he has come out of this experience with great purpose, and has decided to devote his life to helping children who also face the frightening reality of having to beat cancer. trevor and our other distinguished witnesses are here to testify on a very important issue -- th
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